Friday, July 27, 2018

Red Hatters Day Trip to Old Mesilla Village, New Mexico

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Red Hat Society members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter in Alamogordo took a day trip to Old Mesilla Village near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Member Margie Purcella was hostess for this outing and after shopping until we dropped, we went to La Posta De Mesilla Mexican Restaurant       ( originated in 1939 in the northwest corner of the building by Kathy Griggs Camun) for lunch and it was delicious. They have the best sour cream enchiladas I've ever tasted. The La Posta Compound was originally constructed in the 1840's by Sam and Roy Bean. After the Civil War, it became an important stop on the Butterfield Stagecoach Line between Las Cruces and Phoenix, Arizona.

There are so many interesting shops in Old Mesilla and they do have nice merchandise. I always manage to find a skirt or top that I can't live without.

I got lost leaving there and made a complete circle and wound up back at Old Mesilla so I pulled over and told my GPS to take me HOME! She did and all's well that ends well! Perhaps it is just a Red Hat thing, you think?

Darla Shelly outside one of the shops

Alice Evans brought her adorable husband, "Evans", sitting here with Lu Mattson
Alice Evans and Margie Purcella taking a break from shopping
Darla and Carla Kerr
L to R: Trudy Reese, Carmen Veenpere and Gail Swineford also taking a break from shopping
Trudy, Gail and Carmen perusing the menu
L to R: Margie, Darla and Lu ready to order
We had a delightfully delicious lunch and enjoyed visiting with each other. Then it was time to drive the 60 miles back to Alamogordo. What a FUN day for everyone!

This is all I have to say for now.


Alamogordo, New Mexico Sponsors "Hula and Homicide" Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Friday, July 13, 2018

The city of Alamogordo, New Mexico engaged the acting troupe of the Guild to write, produce and direct a murder mystery dinner theater event at the Willie Estrada Civic Center on First Street.

Employees of the city decorated and set up for the event including providing a caterer and DJ DIGUMSMAK. Decorations included the semblance of a huge tree in the middle of the room, various scenes set up along the walls providing photographic opportunities, an area for the Hoola Hoop contest and one for the Limbo Stick contest. DIGUMSMAK kept appropriate music going for an island luau and many attendees wore costumes adding to the over all ambience. At the entry to the event, a roasted pig is on a large platter surrounded by melons with island designs carved in them with flower petals strewn about.

Food provided by the caterer was quite delicious and filling. On the menu was pulled pork, roasted vegetables, coconut pudding and fruit cup. The city also provided a bar and bartender and there ensued a happy hour from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. However, the bar was open until 10:00 pm.

The premise of the Murder Mystery is that a cruise ship has engine problems and had to put into port for repairs. People were allowed to debark and explore the area. There is a beach carnival of sorts going on underwritten by Eunice "Lovey" and Thurston Howell III. They invited the somewhat  discomfited cruise patrons to come to the carnival to experience some island hospitality.

Both the Hoola Hoop and Limbo Stick contests were well attended and prizes relating to the occasion were awarded to the winners. Prizes were also awarded for the best costumes and of course for those who solved the murder or came close.

There were fifteen actors involved in "Hula and Homicide". One of the most popular booths was the fortune teller, Madame Knowsitall aka Jan Wafful. When the event was over there was still a line waiting for their fortune to be revealed.

Seven writers met at various times to put this Murder Mystery together and had a really FUN time doing it. They are Connie Breding, Roque Rosales, Mary Cobb, JD and Steph Hilliard, Carla Kerr and Andrea Garcia. Kudos for a terrific job of creating this play and to Connie for taking our writing and tweaking it here and there.

Special thanks to JD Hilliard who quite ably stepped into the role of co-director due to Connie Breding having a previous engagement that evening.  JD kept the whole event running smoothly and timely.

The exact number of attendees is not to be had at this station, but it was certainly over 125 and more tables had to be set up as people came in later. It was apparent that people really enjoyed the event and really got into the island atmosphere.

Attendee definitely into the island theme, Trudy Reese

Attendee Darla Shelly. Doesn't she look lovely!
L to R: Thurston Howell III aka Doug Kerr, JD Hilliard aka Willy Wipeout and Kathy Barnes aka Linda Lava
A table of happy attendees. Looks like they've overcome their chagrin at being unexpectedly stranded on this island.
A shot of the room overall
Heather Evans aka Sandy Beach with her two sons
An earlier shot of the "tree".
L to R: Willy Wipeout, Linda Lava, Ellie Mauger aka Wanda Waves holding a hoola hoop and Gabe Mauger aka Todd Tycoon
Carla Kerr aka Eunice "Lovey" Howell and Tina Lawhorn aka Rachel Rainbow
Mandy Neilson aka Kiki Kalua
What luau would be complete without a roasted pig?
Our excellent DJ DIGUMSMAK


Keddy Richardson aka Wowie Maui
Andrea Garcia aka Lula Hula with Wowie Maui
Attendee Gail Swineford
L to R: Kiki Kalua, Mary Cobb aka Leilani Lei and Wanda Waves
Eunice Howell greeting attendees
Attendees getting their fortune told by Jan Wafful aka Madame Knowsitall
Attendees sharing information on how to solve the murder
Wanda Waves
Contestants in the Hoola Hoop Contest
Attendees enjoying the festivities
Willy Wipeout explaining the rules of the Limbo Stick Contest
Wanda Waves showing them how it's done
Wowie Maui giving it a try
This is the lady who eventually won the Limbo Contest
This young lady won second place
This is the murder victim found on the beach, Michael MaGoo, owner of the Big Kahuna Development Company and highly disliked by a number of people.
The line-up at the fortune teller booth keeps growing!
An Alamogordo family takes advantage of a photo op
Eunice Howell answers questions from attendees who are trying to solve the murder of Michael MaGoo
Madame Knowsitall answering questions from attendees
Actors being introduced by Willy Wipeout far left. L to R: Kiki Kalua, Linda Lava, Rachel Rainbow, Wanda Waves, Todd Tycoon, Patrick McDonald aka Detective Dan-O, Sandy Beach, Leilani Lei, Wowie Maui, Eunice Howell and Lulu Hula. Missing are Thurston Howell III, Roque Rosales aka Looney Lou and Madame Knowsitall who is still telling fortunes.
Attendees with their newborn
Gail and Trudy, Costume Prize Winners with Eunice Howell
Another lovely attendee
Thurston Howell III with his wife Eunice "Lovey" Howell
This was such a FUN experience. Thanks to all who came and participated in our Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. We have plans to do another one in October based on "The Phantom of the Opera" so be watching for the announcements.

This is all I have to say for now.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Red Hatters Tour New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Members of the Alamogordo, New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society took a day trip to Las Cruces, New Mexico to tour the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. They were also hosting a Health and Fitness Fair in the building that day.

The first exhibit was amazing! Women from several states around New Mexico including Texas, Colorado and Arizona created art work depicting seed packets. This was all done under the auspices of Studio Art Quilt Association of New Mexico. The pictures do not truly depict the beauty of these works of art, but do hope you will enjoy them anyway.

The museum really takes one back to the "good ole days". Definitely imbued with nostalgia from the old cars and New Mexico license plate collection to the replica of a General Store and a section on simply washing clothes.

When we finished going through the museum, we were treated to a ride around the farm to see the collection of old farming machines, blacksmith shop and live cattle.

Lunch was enjoyed at Santorini's Authentic Mediterranean Cuisine Restaurant. Not only do they serve Greek food, something I've missed for a long time, but they also prepare dishes of Lebanon, Syria and Cyprus origins. The atmosphere is more college kid oriented, but the food is delicious. They are located at 1001 E. University Avenue, Ste E3 in Las Cruces and they are open Monday through Saturday from 11:00am to 10:00pm, phone 575-521-9270. They do have take-out as well.

This adorable owl greeted us as we entered

"Chuck's Berries" created by Lynn Rogers, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
"Zebra Striped Tomatoes" by Michelle Jackson of Albuquerque, New Mexico,  "Moss Forget Me Not" by Nancy J. Steidle of Albuquerque, New Mexico and "Fiesta Corn" by Denise Seavey of Santa Fe, New Mexico
"Bull's Eye Beet" created by Michelle Jackson of Albuquerque, New Mexico
"Hummingbird Buffet" (Foxglove) created by Brenda Williams from Bernalillo, New Mexico. The photo doesn't show it, but these flowers are three-dimensional, as are most of the other seed packet creations in this exhibit.
"Zebra Lily" created by Betty Busby of Albuquerque, New Mexico
"Moonflower" created by Cynthia Fowler of Santa Fe, New Mexico
"Indian Paintbrush" created by Jean C. R. Grimes of Wolfforth, Texas
Alice Evans and Margie Purcella
Lu Mattson and Trudy Reese
Gail Swineford enjoying "World Peas" by Frances O. Murphy, Surprise, Arizona
Carla Kerr pointing to "Five Alarm Sunflower" by Sue Szajer of Santa Fe, New Mexico and "Tangleweed" behind Carla by Jean C.R. Grimes of Wolfforth, Texas
As you can see, there were just so many of these and I didn't take time to photograph all of them. What a marvelous show of talent!
A lovely wedding dress of days gone by made of wool and silk
A lady's bedroom
This machine is a dowel maker. Dowels were used to put furniture together before nails were invented.
I thought sure this was a Singer, but on closer observation discovered it was a Western Electric sewing machine actually made by the National Sewing Machine Company of Belvedere, Illinois, which put Western Electric decals on one of their models. The electric motor in it was made by Western Electric but the machine disappeared from the market by 1918. Western Electric became the manufacturers and supply unit of the Bell Telephone System.
This was the description shown at the museum
This is an inside shot of an Indian home
Bread Oven
A room in a typical adobe home. Note the baby in the bed hung by ropes.
The wagon building section, quite primitive, but functional
The collection of 100 Years of New Mexico License Plates
A close-up of the some of the very first license plates issued from 1912 on.
We had all scattered through the museum and I ran into Gail and Trudy
This is a Dempster Vaneless Windmill
Click on the photo to make it larger and it will tell you more about this particular windmill.
I am almost 80 years old and this corner of the museum sure brought back memories!
Remember these refrigerators and the toaster on the stove?
A horse-drawn milk wagon
A section of the "General Store" that even had hats, a sewing machine (not a Singer) and dry goods
Another section of the "General Store" to enjoy
The United States Post Office
Remember these little mail boxes?
Occasionally, they hold rodeos here and they bake in that Indian oven (we were told that the inside of it is melted silica and looks just like glass) and the barbecue pit is to the left and they left the adobe brick in it's natural state so people can see what it looks like before it's plastered over. We are now in a nice little cart taking a tour of the outside.
They have a huge collection of antique farm and ranch implements and these are seeders
This all has to do with baling hay, but I didn't quite understand how it all went together!
This is a cow whose horns grew out in a strange way and they just let them grow to see what would happen.
This is a bull that is a crossbreed between a Longhorn and a Brahma. He was NOT friendly when I took his picture and began immediately pawing at the dirt trying to throw it on me!
Our last stop, the Blacksmith Shop. He was a lovely gentleman. All of the people who work here on the property are volunteers and very informative and friendly.
We left there and drove to the restaurant where we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. I had lamb kabobs and they were perfect. I got so into eating that I didn't take another picture, but we all had a grand time.

This is all I have to say for now.